“Optical Stew” a photographic exhibit by Jeff West

“Optical Stew” a photographic exhibit by Jeff West, will be in the Brookings Arts Council Main Gallery starting April 4th running through April 27th. His exhibit kicks off the Brookings Arts Council professional artist exhibits for the 2018 season.


West is a photographer, Veteran, is retired- and now resides in Brookings. He is originally from Southern California and cites his broad experiences in honing his skills from childhood on. Jeff states, “I have always had a camera from my earliest recollections. At age 8 my Dad snatched me away from two huge brown bears after I disappeared while setting up camp in Yellowstone. I was just taking pictures with my Brownie Box camera. Since surviving that encounter I have been fearlessly taking photos my entire life while traveling the world.” West comes from a family of professional photographers; both his father and grandfather helped him to develop his skills and guided him on his photographic journey.


Jeff’s images have been featured in a variety of publications and received numerous accolades; top 3 in the Dakota Masterworks Art Competition for past three years, top honors Brookings Art Council Photo Contest each of the last three years, first place in Veterans Administration Regional photo contest, and selected for publication in SDSU Oakwood Magazine (April 2018 edition). His images have been published in national magazines: Showsight Magazine - Advertising photos for dogs and handlers,GWP ~ Wire News - advertising photos for national German Wirehaired Pointer.


West credits his wife of 38 years, Gayle, in being a source for his artistic and creative inspiration. “I have learned from her to see the world differently, in greater detail, and how to transfer that vision to captured images,”states West. He continued, “The world around me is full of interesting and beautiful things. Finding these things and capturing an image that preserves them and presents them for others to see is important to me.”


To see and hear more about Jeff’s images, we invite you to join us for his Artist Reception on April 5th from 4:30-6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served, with the Artist Talk to begin about 5pm. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge.


The exhibit is open to the public through Friday, April 23rd. There is no admission charge. The Brookings Arts Council is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Noon to 5. For more information, contact 605-692-4177 or email at artscouncil@brookings.net.